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Storm 10-13-2011 12:42 AM

Storm's ADA 60P - Update 3/14/12 - Happy Pi Day - LEDs are wonderful!
 
Time for an update - Happy Pi Day!

http://img196.imageshack.us/img196/3726/photodo.jpg
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Original Post:

Hello everybody, this is my first ADA tank and I'm very excited! I'll post picture updates to this first post so that you don't have to browse through the thread for them.

Equipment:
  • ADA Cube Garden 60P
  • ADA Garden Mat
  • Fishneedit 24" 2xT5HO Lighting
  • Eheim Classic 2215
  • Aquatek Co2 Regulator with CGA320 to Paintball Adapter
  • Archaea 50 watt heater

Substrate/Hardscape:
  • AquaSoil New Amazonia multi-type
  • Ohko Stone

Flora:
  • Eleocharis Belem
  • Rotala Colorata
  • Rotala Green "narrow leaf"

Tank is now setup on Garden Mat:

http://img542.imageshack.us/img542/1345/img3294x.jpg

This is the "custom stand" where the tank will sit (granite countertop between kitchen and living room):

http://img828.imageshack.us/img828/1878/img3296lb.jpg

Storm 10-13-2011 12:45 AM

Please post any suggestions besides these 3 layouts, like for example reversing a stone. Thanks!

shrimpnmoss 10-13-2011 12:59 AM

Nice start Storm. I think your stone layout needs a focal point. It seems kind of spread out right now. My eyes doesn't know which stone to focus on. Check out this article on Iwagumi by ADG Frank. It might help give you some ideas on how you want to layout your stone. Oh...and where and how are you going to hide your filter?

ADG Frank's Iwagumi Article

Edit: Here's a couple more Iwagumi articles.

Article 1

Article 2

sayurasem 10-13-2011 01:03 AM

DUDE!!!! If you invest more and get the 120p or what ever fit that space from wall to wall..... it would be epic!

damn that new logo looks like the tank made by NASA or something from outer space.

** btw make the substrate flat with a slope upward to the back.

Storm 10-13-2011 02:17 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sayurasem (Post 1549987)
DUDE!!!! If you invest more and get the 120p or what ever fit that space from wall to wall..... it would be epic!

LOL! I would love to have a 120P here but the wife would kill me... :biggrin:

Quote:

Originally Posted by shrimpnmoss
Oh...and where and how are you going to hide your filter?

Thanks for the articles! I'm going to either put my filter behind the white pillar where the Aquatek box is (it will be visible from the side) or up in the cabinets above the fridge which is to the right of the counter. I'm not sure if the Eheim will pump fast enough elevated 3 feet above the tank though...

Ok, I redid the hardscape, put a big slope towards the back right and tried to make a focal point on the left with the two stones arching towards each other. Let me know what you guys think:

http://img818.imageshack.us/img818/527/img3309op.jpg
http://img835.imageshack.us/img835/3875/img3310ca.jpg

shrimpnmoss 10-13-2011 02:26 AM

I don't know if you need a typical slope. Most tanks are view from one side. This looks like it will be a 2-sided tank. You should lay it out so that it looks pleasing from the kitchen and the "front" of the tank. More likely than not this tank will be enjoyed from the kitchen more frequently. You know what they say. The kitchen is the most occupied room in the house.

jcgd 10-13-2011 02:27 AM

Hmm... getting better.

Try moving the two-rock arrangement on the left a bit to the right, and move the rightmost stone sorta in front of the other two. Make a mound so it looks like rocky hill/ peak with the substrate flat at all four edges. Just to see how it looks. It needs to look good from both sides.

shrimpnmoss 10-13-2011 02:33 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jcgd (Post 1550142)
Hmm... getting better.

Try moving the two-rock arrangement on the left a bit to the right, and move the rightmost stone sorta in front of the other two. Make a mound so it looks like rocky hill/ peak with the substrate flat at all four edges. Just to see how it looks. It needs to look good from both sides.

+1. One master stone and 2 slave stones.

Storm 10-13-2011 02:52 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jcgd (Post 1550142)
Hmm... getting better.

Try moving the two-rock arrangement on the left a bit to the right, and move the rightmost stone sorta in front of the other two. Make a mound so it looks like rocky hill/ peak with the substrate flat at all four edges. Just to see how it looks. It needs to look good from both sides.

Thank you for your tips. I just made the changes you suggested. What do you think of the big stone? Right now there is a part on the left of it that is hanging without substrate underneath. If I bury it a bit more it will be snug to the substrate, but I am trying to keep the height.

Front view of tank (living room - I want this to be the best view because it will be viewed from this room more often):

http://img513.imageshack.us/img513/3194/img3314w.jpg

Rear view of tank (kitchen):

http://img64.imageshack.us/img64/9995/img3315m.jpg

Li@m 10-13-2011 03:02 AM

http://img835.imageshack.us/img835/3875/img3310ca.jpg

I like this layout the best. but to make it better IMO bring the middle rock forward about an inch and to the right slightly. Then take the one on the left out and replace it with the one on the right... Then take the other rock that you don't have in their and put it where the one the right used to be. Then take the rock that used to be on the left and lay it on its side in front of the rock one the right.

Storm 10-13-2011 03:18 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Li@m (Post 1550211)
Quick question- Which 3 stones did you use out of this picture? Then i can give you my opinion.

I took out the middle stone in the grouping of 3 stones on the left. Thanks!

Li@m 10-13-2011 03:25 AM

Cheers. my opinion is in my post above.

kuni 10-13-2011 03:26 AM

Your stones are too similar in size to split up - put all the stones together so it looks like one complex rock at the golden ratio point.

Storm 10-13-2011 03:35 AM

Ok, here's all 3 of the stones together at a rule of 3rds point. Perhaps this would look better in the center?

http://img835.imageshack.us/img835/3862/img3316o.jpg

shrimpnmoss 10-13-2011 03:40 AM

That last picture looks better, when you grouped it together. How about instead of pointing them all together, try pointing them outwards. Putting the two larger ones in the back so you see a V shaped gap then the small one in front of the V.


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